This week’s TTT topic is an interesting one! I am 100% a cat person. I have had a cat in my life since the day I was born, so this topic was fun for me to think about. I would definitely consider naming the next cat that comes into my life after a bookish character or author.
We had to start with the most obvious and the name I would most likely choose! It is no secret that I adore Mr. Darcy and I just think it would be a great name for a cat.
Loki is one of my favourite characters in all the forms in which he appears in pop culture, from the Marvel movies to Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. His mischievous nature just makes Loki the perfect name for a cat.
John Steinbeck wrote one of my favourite books, Cannery Row, and I always thought that Steinbeck would be a cool name for a cat. I mean, I guess I could name them John, but it that doesn’t seem very literary does it?! I would also consider naming a cat Mack, who is one of the most memorable characters in Cannery Row.
I am fascinated by Truman Capote and his life. He seemed to be a complicated man and, from what I can tell, often selfish. Maybe not the most flattering name for a cat, but I love it!
I do not know why I am turning to classic for all these names, but they just seem the most literary to me and they are all names I love. Gatsby would be such a cool name, or I guess I could put a twist on it and call them “Catsby”.
I read The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin for the first time this year and absolutely loved it. Essun quickly became one of my favourite characters of all time. I appreciated her complexity and that she has a unique voice and perspective. Definitely a name I would consider for a future cat!
As you can see, I love the idea of mythical names for cats. This name is definitely inspired by Circe by Madeleine Miller- one of my favourite books of all time.
The Bear and the Nightingale is such a stunning book, and I adored the name Vasilisa has soon as I read it. I also adore the character herself. This name is in keeping with the kind of names I like for pets, as this novel is inspired by Russian fairy tales.
I know that Rose is not the most inspired name, but three of my favourite novels (Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, and The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill) have main characters with the name Rose, and I adore them all. That is why I had to include in on this list.
I read Tuesdays with Morrie when I was around twelves years old and it is one of the books that made me fall in love with reading. I also distinctly remember my dad purchasing it for me and I have actually gone to a Mitch Albom book signing with my dad, so the name Morrie reminds me of him.
What literary name would you give your pet? Or do you already have a pet that has a literary name?
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Essun is such a wonderful choice!
Right?! Such a great name and character.
Even though I’m a dog person…..these names are great!
I think these would make great dog names as well!
Great choice. Darcy is my favourite 😊😊😊
Great list! Circe would be such a good name for a cat, and I love the idea of naming a pet after Essun who is definitely one of the best SFF heroines of all time.
The more I think of the name Circe the more I want another cat. And I 100% agree–Essun is incredible!
I have always fully belived that if I get 2 cats I would name them Luna and Draco haha.
I agree with so many of these! Essun is such a great name. And oh, the character of Circe definitely deserves a homage. This is an amazing list! Here’s a link to MY POST in case you’re interested. Have a great reading week!❤️
So glad you enjoyed my list!! Will definitely check out yours. Same to you! ❤️
Great choices! I would love to name a pet after Loki.
Same. Such a perfect pet name!
I’ve always adopted cats and kept the names they’d been given by prior caretakers, which weren’t particularly noteworthy. That said, I’ve long thought about giving my next male cat the name of Jean Val Jean. I adore this central figure and all he stands for from Les Miserables.
That’s a good one! I took in my grandparents cat after they passed away, so her name is Maggie and of course I kept!
Interesting choices! I do love Darcy. I would mine Gus from Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry.
That’s a good one!
Great list! I actually know a few dogs called Loki – it’s a brilliant name for a puppy for sure! Catsby has always made me laugh too 🙂
Loki such a good name!!
I was a little in awe of it!
I added Darcy to my TTT too!!! It’s such a solid pet name. Great list! Ngl these lists are really making me want to buy a pet.
I’m feeling the same way!!
Some great name choices here! I feel like mythical names are great for pets 🙂
My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2020/11/17/top-ten-tuesday-290/
I think so too!
Catsby is the BEST name for a cat!! This entire list is great, though I, like everyone else, have a soft spot for Darcy. Loki and Circe are perfect for the mischievous nature of kittens and I think Vasilisa is extremely suitable too, since in greek that’s the word for queen and cats are definitely royals.
Darcy is definitely my first choice. But I kind of want cats with all these names. How many cats is too many? Asking for a friend.
I didn’t know that about Vasilisa. Makes it an even more perfect name!!
This is such a great post!! 🙂 I loved your ideas for Darcy and Loki!!! I LOVE Loki, too! Those WOULD be very good names for cats. However, Rose? I mean, come on. You had lots of unique and creative names selected from books and movies and Rose was kinda a let down. I good person name, but not a cat name. 😉 🙂
I couldn’t not include Rose when so many books I love have characters with that name.
My dog’s name is Loki! I love all of these suggestions!
Ahh I love that so much!
Hahaha it’s cheesy but hilarious!
Haha love the cat names!! I have to say Catsby takes the cake for me. Loved your choices!!
Isn’t that such a cute name?!
Love all of these name ideas!
I’m totally a cat person too! Loki would be a fab name!
Right?! So perfect for a cat.
My friend actually does have a cat named Loki and I don’t know if it was the name or just destiny but even at 10 he’s still a big old trouble maker!
These are great names!! My mom really wants to name a future pet Mr. Darcy. Great TTT!
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Ahhh it is such a good name!!
oh my goodness I love Steinbeck!!!!! his writing means so much to me, just because he does characters and “awful-but-also-strangely-loving” family-dynamics so so well. My favorite of his has to be East of Eden, but Cannery Row had some of the BEST imagery I’ve ever come across. <3 amazing post!
Can you believe I haven’t read East of Eden yet? I feel like it is going to be one of those life changing reads and I’m saving it for whatever reason.
I love that you also included author names. I do also really see mythical names working well for cats! Circe would be such a cool name.
I really want a cat named Circe now! There are so many mythological names that would be great.
Loki and Circe would really be cool ne for a cat, but I think Darcy would be the best!!
I agree. Darcy is my favourite!
Morrie would make such a cute name for a kitty.
I think so too!!
I know so many people who named their cats Loki. But I barely hear of dogs being named Loki lol
I believe the booktuber Riley Marie has a dog named Loki. I love her channel!!
Oh I didn’t even think of Loki or Morrie. Great list!
I looove Circe! Also the book by Madeline Miller is amazing 👌
Same!! I heard Madeleine Miller is currently writing a Tempest retelling and I cannot wait.
This is such an awesome post 😊 I would definitely name my cat Loki, he is amazing
Oooh Gatsby is such a good name. Would pair well with my cat named Daisy. Perhaps I need another cat?? 😋
The perfect name!! I think Daisy needs a friend!
These are all such awesome choices! I’d especially love to name a cat Darcy or Loki. How cute!
Those are my favourite too!
Darcy and Vasilisa are wonderful pet names indeed!
Now these are some great names! I’ve seen a few people list Darcy this week and, while I had never really thought it before, it’s pretty fitting. I could totally see a cat with that name.
Right? Would be a very distinguished cat.
When I have a cat, I will name it Mr Fluffington. After Margaret Rogerson’s Sorcery of Thorns’ character, and the short form can be Fluffy.
That is adorable! I love pet names that have “Mr.” in front of them.
Personnaly, I’d love to name a cat Sherlock!! I love how it sounds — and Darcy is a nice name too! However, as a French person, I think I could never name a pet Capote… 😅 the French word “capote” means condom 😅
Sherlock is such a great name! I had no idea about Capote… that changes things doesn’t it. Thanks for the laugh ahaha
I am not a cat person but still if would have one i will name it VASILISA ( may be in future some day ) btw best wishes from my side
It’s such a great name isn’t it?! Same to you!
Yes it is
Gatsby (or Catsby) is a fantastic pick!
Right?! A perfect name!
Love all these names for cats! Most of my cats (because I am a cat person) will be named after book character. I have a cat and she is named “Hazel” after Hazel Levesque from Heroes of Olympus.
I love that! I think my future cats will be also have literary names.
Loki though! It just suits a cat..
Right?! I think it is the perfect name.
I loved the way you twisted “Gatsby” to “Catsby”. Also, I guess I would name my cat “Chairman Meow” after Magnus Bane’s cat in the mortal instruments.
I love punny names like that!
Loki sounds like a good name for a male cat. I also wanted to let you know that the name vasilisa is actually a Greek word and it means queen. It could suit for a female cat.
That makes the name so much more appropriate!
I know, right?